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Research Fellows Program

The Queens College Library, in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, and with the support of James J. Periconi, has launched a research fellowship program that defrays costs for scholars to conduct research with the collection over a period of two to four weeks. 

Fellowship applications are currently open, with a due date of June 15, 2024. Please see details on the library website

2023 Inaugural Fellows

Lindsey N. Kingston is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She directs the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergraduate program in International Human Rights. Kingston edited Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship (Manchester University Press, 2021). She also authored the monograph Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019), which won the International Studies Association’s 2020 Human Rights Best Book Award. She is an Italian American dual national with advanced Italian language proficiency.

Carmen Petruzzi is a postgraduate research fellow at the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Foggia.
She received a Bachelor's degree in Modern Literature, a Master's degree in Modern Philology and another on in Science of Education. In 2022, she passed the national competitive examination as a teacher of Italian and History at High School. She obtained her PhD in April 2019 at the University of Florence and immediately afterwards she perfected her knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods in a one-year internship in New York between the summer of 2019 and the summer of 2020. She currently collaborates with Antonella Cagnolati, Full Professor of History of Education and Comparative Education at the University of Foggia. She has always been interested in migration with a specific focus on the effects in children's life histories and projects. Since 2020 she has been working on the reconstruction of educational processes within the broader topic of the history of Italian emigration. Her research investigation intends to illuminate the lesser-known path of autonomy and independence achieved between the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly by the second generations who filled the educational gap between the parent’s generation and long-standing American residents.